S.Korea, Ethiopia to boost defense industry ties

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Seoul, July 16 (BNA): The chief of South Korea's arms procurement agency met with Ethiopia's vice defense chief in Seoul on Tuesday and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral defense industry ties, the agency said.
Wang Jung-hong, head of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), has invited Lela-alem Gebreyohannes Tedla, the Ethiopian vice defense minister, to Seoul and held a bilateral defense industry conference Tuesday, according to South Korean News Agency (Yonhap).
The two sides discussed the possible signing of a memorandum of understanding on defense industry cooperation. South Korean firms also held a session to present their weapons system and procedures for their acquirement, according to DAPA.
During their five-day stay in Seoul until Tuesday, the Ethiopian delegation also plans to visit major defense companies in South Korea, it added.
"Their visit to Seoul is expected to further strengthen the two countries' cooperative mechanism in the defense industry realm and to help South Korean firms find opportunities to make inroads into the African market," Wang said.